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Consent Forms
Could we please ask that you send in your child's Consent Form (if you haven't done so already) to the school office as soon as possible.  If you require another copy, please email sharon.mungall@abbeyfields.the3rivers.net.  Please check that you have completed all of the tick boxes and signed the second sheet.  If we do not receive a response from you, we are duty bound to take this as 'consent not given'.  Many thanks.


If you or your friends or family members are looking for Nursery provision for your child please pop in to see us and our stimulating Nursery environment on; Friday 13th July 3:30-4:30. We look forward to seeing you. More details to follow…

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To keep up to date with the various events taking place, please check the calendar which is available on the School Gateway app, via our school website (abbeyfields.the3rivers.net) and also in our weekly newsletter.


Our Twitter account is proving to be popular with lots of followers.  This is used to instantly share what we are doing within school and helps to bring the children's learning to life.  Why not follow us @AbbeyfieldsFS or view the feed on our website.
Sun Protection
As the sun has finally arrived, we would like to remind you of ways of keeping your children safe:
  • Children should bring hats to school to wear when outdoors.
  • The use of sun screen will be encouraged as appropriate
  • Parents are encouraged to apply sun screen to children before they come to school
  • Children are expected to bring their own sun screen to school, clearly labelled with their name, and apply it themselves.  Please ensure that you show them how to sensibly apply these screens.
  • Children must only use their own sun screen.
To view our Sun Protection Policy, please click here.

We have red Abbeyfields legionnaires style hats for sale in the school office at £4 each.  Abbeyfields caps are available from www.totstoteams,com
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 
22nd June 2018                                           Forest School/FOAS Camping Night
25th June 2018                                            Year 4 Trip to Brinkburn Priory
27th June 2018              9am                       Year 1 Class Assembly followed by Y2 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
27th June 2018              10.45am                Year 3 Ukelele Assembly (more details to follow)
27th June 2018              3.30pm                  Year 4 Beetle and Bingo Night
27th June 2018              5.30pm - 6.15pm   'New to Nursery' Parent/Carer's Meeting
27th June 2018              6.30pm - 7.15pm   'New to Reception' Parent/Carer's Meeting
4th July 2018                 9am                        Reception Class Assembly followed by Y1 SHARE
                                                                     meeting
11th July 2018               9.30am                   Nursery A Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
13th July 2018               1.30pm                   Nursery B Class Assembly (CHANGE OF TIME)
13th July 2018                                              Abbeyfields Country Show 2018
13th July 2018               3.30pm - 4.30pm   Nursery Open Day
18th July 2018                                             Year 4 Leaver's Assembly
9th October                   7pm                        FOAS AGM

Wansbeck Valley Food Bank - Donations
Dear children, parents, carers and staff of Abbeyfields,

We would like to thank you so much for the donations which have already been received for the Wansbeck Valley Food Bank  These have been delivered and they were gratefully received!  Please continue to bring in any donations of non perishable food items that you may wish to make.

We are aware that the Wansbeck Valley Food Trust have experienced a huge demand over the past few months, and were concerned that they could not match the demand.  Fortunately due to the generosity of the local community they did manage to, however this emphasises that there are (sadly) people in our local community who need help all year round.

Please let's continue to show our generosity throughout the year to those in need.  Even small items are valued, and can easily be dropped off on your way in and out of school.  Let's support this worthy cause, and make this an ongoing Abbeyfields priority.

Thank you in anticipation.

As you know, we have been collecting green milk bottle tops in the front foyer for some time now and they have been given to the Children's Ward at Newcastle RVI.  The hospital sells the bottle tops to manufacturers who are able to recycle them and turn them into wellington boots!  Whilst being really good for the environment, it is a great way for the Children's Ward to raise funds to buy equipment which the children are able to benefit from during their stay in  hospital.

So, let's keep collecting those green milk bottle tops!
 
ATTENDANCE AWARD
Class Last Week’s Percentage Attendance Yearly Percentage Attendance to Date
RD 97.7% 95.5%
RM 96.3% 96.2%
1J 98.3% 96.5%
1B 100.0% 96.9%
2S 93.8% 96.3%
2H 95.7% 96.4%
3D 99.3% 98.3%
3C 96.7% 96.0%
4G 96.5% 95.5%
4H 99.3% 97.4%

Total Percentage

97.3%

96.5%

Our winner this week is Mrs Burn/Mrs Kirby's class.
Friends Of Abbeyfields School News
 
Abbeyfields Country Show - Friday 13th July
Plans are well underway for the Country Show and the fabulous banner is up outside school!  The banner was designed and donated by Spotty Dog Designs and Print Ltd of Morpeth, so a huge thank you to them!  A few requests at this stage:

1) We would be very grateful for prizes for the raffle and tombola.  These can be left in the FOAS box which will be in the front foyer.

2) We will be running a Craft Stall selling homemade craft items e.g. wool and fabric purses, woollen dolls, hats, home made cards etc. So…if you or anyone you know are talented in a crafty direction and would like to contribute an item or two to the stall then that would be very much appreciated! Items will be collected by Beccy Pearson and Kimberley Bernard-Stacey.  Feel free to chat to them about the stall or email Beccy on the address above. Thank you!

3) We will be running a cake and home made produce stall so more information to come on that soon.

Date for your diary - FOAS AGM
A Save the Date! The Abbeyfields AGM will be on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm in school.
 

As well as trying to fundraise to purchase equipment for the Abbeyfields pupils and enhancing their school environment, the FOAS team also strive to arrange events which our pupils and their families will really enjoy. We would love your ideas and feedback in order to help us put on events which really appeal to our school families. If you have 5 minutes to spare we would love you to drop us an email about what kind of events you and your children would like us to try and organise in the future. Thank you!

We would love some new volunteers to join us in 2018 so if you think you might like to become more involved with FOAS and fundraising for your child’s school, then please get in touch with Beccy Pearson at friendsofabbeyfields@yahoo.co.uk . Thank you!
YEAR 4 - News in Brief
We are all looking forward to our trip to Brinkburn Priory on Monday.  At the moment, it looks like the weather is going to be quite warm, so please make sure the children wear sun cream and appropriate clothing.  Just a reminder that the children will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water (on the other hand, as we live in England, raincoats may also be required!)  Paddington Bear has had an adventurous week in Year 4 as the children have written their own ending for the film.  The children enjoyed planning Paddington's great escape from prison.  In Maths, we have completed our unit of work on geometry, including learning about symmetry, shapes and angles.  Next we will be moving onto looking at position and direction.  In DT we are continuing our money container designs.  This week the children made a template which they will use in the next lesson to get their design underway.  In Science, we have begun our studies on sound.  Thank you to everybody who has contributed with their research at home.  Can we also remind you of our Beetle and Bingo night next Wednesday at 3.30pm as we need to finalise numbers ASAP?
YEAR 3 - News in Brief
This week in Year 3 we were very excited to welcome Sarah Farooqi who came in to tell us about how she got into being an artist.  She showed the children a number of her paintings.  She described what inspired her and how she created them.  The children were really fascinated as a lot of the pictures were of places that they recognised or had visited.  We will now use these pictures to help us to create our own versions, which links with our current topic about Morpeth, bridges and maps.  We had fun in Topic looking at placing things on a treasure map using the eight points of a compass.  In Maths we have continued with our recap of the four operations and will then work on mixed operations to help the children with their understanding of various mathematical vocabulary.  A lot of the children have been enjoying the Abbeyfields World Cup tournament and it is lovely to see the sportsmanship with which they are playing.  Next Wednesday, 27th June, will be the last ukulele lesson and so we would like to invite parents in to hear some of the tunes that the children have been learning.  This will be in the North Hall at 10:45am and will finish at about 11:15am.  Please look out for the letter in your child's bag.
YEAR 2 - News in Brief
Well done Year 2 for an amazing assembly on Wednesday and thank you to the fabulous audience aswell!  The children have had another super week in Year 2.  They have worked hard completing information leaflets about St Mary's Lighthouse and also worked out some very tricky problems in Maths.  Watch out for their online Maths homework this week.  The children started their Geography topic on Tuesday all about the world and the seven continents.  Ask your child over the weekend about what they know and if they can remember the continents song.
YEAR 1 - News in Brief
We have been busy bees again this week in Year 1.  In Maths we have been ordering 2 digit numbers from smallest to largest and largest to smallest, and have also been comparing numbers using the greedy crocodile signs  < >.  In our Science lessons we have been talking about grouping animals.  We have grouped them according to what they eat.  Ask us to tell you about an animal that is a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?  We have continued to group animals according to where they live.  What a lot we know about the habitats that animals live in!  We are still having our PE sessions outdoors, whenever possible, so PLEASE can you ensure that your child has an appropriate change of clothes and shoes suitable for athletic activities on the field.  Thank you.
RECEPTION - News in Brief
This week the children have been learning about our new focus 'Under the Sea'.  They have been writing their own stories about The Rainbow Fish looking closely at using finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and trying hard to sit their writing neatly on the lines.  We have continued to focus on halving and doubling numbers using word problems.  The children have even been trying to make up their own problems to solve!  They have also enjoyed making aquariums and under the sea creatures in the creative area...watch out for the sharks and whales coming home!  What another busy week we have had, well done everyone! 
NURSERY - News in Brief
Another fun filled week in Nursery.  The children have loved looking at their learning journals with Nursery staff this week.  They are so proud of all of their achievements, we have loved seeing their pride and enthusiasm as they look at all of their work and photographs - just lovely.  The children have impressed us this week with their use of language to describe the similarities and differences between mini beasts.  The children have also looked closely at the broad bean seed we planted two weeks ago and drew carefully and talked about the changes that we can see.  Ask us about what has happened at home.  They have also carried out some tricky pattern and sequencing work completely independently - our older children are definitely getting ready for Reception!  We have started to choose and rehearse some of our favourite songs from across the year for our Nursery Graduation, all very exciting.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
We've had plenty going on in After School Club, both inside and out of the classroom.  Outside, we have been braving the blustery conditions to play and engage the children of different ages.  Inside, our craft involves making dragons and unicorns which can come to life!  These animated creations are fabulous and can be seen on the school's Twitter feed.  Just a reminder that we request you arrive no later than 5.30pm to pick up your child.  Any issues, please ring 01670 500726.  Many thanks.
BEFORE SCHOOL CLUB - News in Brief
A very busy week in Before School Club.  All of the new toys seem to be a big hit with the children.  They are loving the huge aeroplane, box of cars and new dolls.  The Magnetix is also very popular.  Craft continues to be a favourite with lots of drawing taking place this week.  The children have also enjoyed circle and team games which create much excitement amongst them!  We are hoping that Mrs Dickinson will be back soon!
To view the menu for w/c 25th June 2018, please click here.
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Morpeth
Northumberland
NE61 1LZ
abbeyfields@the3rivers.net
01670 513582